LAUSANNE: FIFA have cleared Manchester United but opened disciplinary proceedings against Juventus over Paul Pogba’s world record transfer, football’s governing body announced on Wednesday.
The France midfielder returned to United in a deal worth more than $111 million in August 2016 from the Italian giants. In May FIFA began an inquiry into the move, requesting information about the headline transfer from United.
But in a statement FIFA confirmed that while United were in the clear of any wrongdoing, they were taking action against Juventus. Pogba’s move came under particular scrutiny amid reports the player’s agent Mino Raiola would earn some €49 million from the deal. Raiola is suspected of a conflict of interest, as he was at the time agent for Pogba, Juventus and Man United.
In May, French website Mediapart, quoting the Football Leaks documents, claimed: “Pogba in reality cost €127 million to Man United with €49 millions going into Raiola’s pockets and only €78 millions to Juve’s bank account.”
DI MARÍA FOUND GUILTY OF TAX FRAUD
MADRID: Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria has been handed a hefty fine and a prison sentence over a charge of tax fraud of €1.3 million, Spanish authorities announced on Wednesday.
According to a court document, Di Maria will pay around €2 million to the Spanish authorities after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud committed in 2012 and 2013 when he was a Real Madrid player.
MOURINHO REFUTES TAX FRAUD ACCUSATIONS
MADRID:Jose Mourinho’s advisers have hit back at accusations that the Man United manager failed to pay millions of euros in taxes to the Spanish authorities during his time in charge of Real Madrid.
But a statement released by Mourinho’s representatives Gestifute Media said he had not been informed personally of the accusations. They also circulated a copy of a tax document dated July 3, 2015, which covers the period in question.
According to Gestifute, Mourinho “paid more than €26 million in taxes, at an average rate above 41 percent and accepted regularisation proposals from the tax authorities in 2015 relating to the years 2011 and 2012, and resolved by agreement his situation for the year 2013”.
OSCAR TO FACE DISCIPLINARY HEARING
HONGKONG:Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar looks set to face a disciplinary hearing over his involvement in a brawl that marred his Shanghai SIPG side’s 1-1 draw with Guangzhou R&F in the Chinese Super League at the weekend.
Chinese media reported on Wednesday that Oscar and three other players involved in the altercation would have their case heard by the Chinese Association this week after the disciplinary committee receives the referee’s report.
Oscar was involved in a melee in the latter stages of the first half in Guangzhou, which ended with a player from each side being sent off.